Pupils in Wellingborough and Rothwell have been given the opportunity to design their school’s rugby kits – which will then be made by one of the sport’s most famous brands.
Students at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy and Weavers Academy in Wellingborough, as well as Montsaye Academy in Rothwell, will be taking part in a workshop to design their team’s shirt to be produced and donated by Canterbury, the official kit supplier to England Rugby.
The Canterbury kit design workshops are part of the All Schools programme which was launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation.
All Schools is a programme to help more state secondary school children play rugby and to encourage new players to join local clubs. From September 2014, 100 new schools will join All Schools, including the three in north Northamptonshire.
The schools will be given a unique opportunity to create a shirt to be worn by their school rugby team, which Canterbury will produce and supply free of charge. The third year of All Schools coincides with the RFU’s legacy plans for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted by England.
Canterbury CEO Chris Stephenson said: “We’re passionate about working together with the RFU on the All Schools project and are looking forward to supporting these new schools by providing kit and the unique opportunity to design their own team shirt.
“It’s been fantastic to see the impact rugby has had on the students taking part over the last two years and encouraging that the schools are building such strong club links.”
Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, Weavers Academy and Montsaye Academy will take part in the Canterbury Kit Design workshop at Peterborough RFC on September 17.
Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach said: “The match shirt is a source of huge pride for the players. When they are presented with it before an international it is a very special moment for them and the whole squad.
“By teaching these pupils who are new to the game the core values of rugby union and the history of the shirt, I’m sure that these school teams will share the same passion for their own design.”